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Check Out Julz Laforest’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julz Laforest.

Julz, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was born in New Brunswick, Canada and I’m a painter. Ever since I was little, I loved drawing cartoon characters or designing fashion clothing, I remember having binders fulls of different drawings and ketches throughout my childhood all the way to my teenage years, I believe my mother still has those binders to this day back in Canada. However, drawing took a back seat once I graduated High school as other things in my life took priority. Fast forward to many years later, I find myself in Austin Texas, newly divorced and looking for anything to distract me. A friend suggested I try drawing again, I thought what a great idea as I knew how much happiness it brought me during my childhood years. I’m a big fan of the Rick and Morty Cartoon and after watching a specific episode of Rick and Morty, I felt this urge to draw Rick in a sad state but once I was done drawing it, I felt something was missing, it needed more emotion so that’s when I decided to paint it on a 16″x24″ canvas. Once the painting of Rick was done, I posted it on my Instagram story and a viewer suggested I submit the painting to Cherry Cola Dog where they hosted art events every Saturday on the Eastside. I did and at the event the painting sold! I met a wonderful community of amazing artists and for the first time in a long time, I felt a sense of belonging. It’s been four years since that night, I haven’t stopped painting since and I have slowly established myself as an artist here in Austin all with the support of the amazing artist community this city has.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There were definitely some challenges when it became time to expand my art career and figuring out what direction I wanted to take it, especially when it came to branding, finding the right printing company to make my art prints and the right art galleries to display my art. It took me a few tries, a few lessons learned, before I figured out what was the best route for me.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Throughout the years, I’ve come into my own style as an artist, I use bright bold colors in my paintings, I’ve learned how to spray paint and I’m now painting larger art pieces from 24″x36″ canvas’ to 8ftx8ft wood panels. I’m currently working on a new art series for a future solo art show.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
Don’t let anyone discourage you. Keep at it, hard work and consistency really does pay off.

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Sam Mann

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